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Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bostock
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The Man
Norman Bird ...
Eddie
Diane Clare ...
Sunday School Teacher
Patricia Heneghan ...
Salvation Army Girl
John Arnatt ...
Superintendent Teesdale
Elsie Wagstaff ...
Auntie Dorothy
Hamilton Dyce ...
The Vicar
Howard Douglas ...
The Vet
Ronald Hines ...
P.C. Thurstow
Gerald Sim ...
Detective
Michael Lees ...
1st Civil Defence Worker
Michael Raghan ...
2nd Civil Defence Worker
May Barton ...
Villager
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Kathy Bostock
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Storyline

Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she asks him who he is, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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That "Parent Trap" Girl in Her Latest and Greatest See more »

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Drama

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15 January 1962 (Sweden)  »

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The first film to be directed by Bryan Forbes, who replaced a director who dropped out. See more »

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In several scenes, but especially when the children are in the barn discussing a name for the cats, the youngest boy can be seen mouthing the other characters lines before he says his own. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Bostock: [to Blake thinking he's Jesus] I didn't know you smoked.
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Referenced in The Boys Club (1997) See more »

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We Three Kings
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Words and Music by Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
Incorporated into incidental music
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A movie about faith...with a cynical edge
3 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Adolescent English farm-girl discovers an escaped, bearded convict sleeping in the family barn and thinks he's Jesus. Young Kathy needs to believe this, even after the police come to cart him away. He even drops a picture of the Savior, which seems to symbolize not only the prisoner's fall from grace but one more sign for Kathy that, yes, this mysterious man might be Him. "Whistle Down the Wind" is a hard-shelled movie that says we lose hope and faith as we mature--which isn't an original idea for a film, but the cynical way this is presented catches you off-guard. One little boy numbers the eggs he has has eaten (a mixture of his bemusement and his feeling of monotony), one little girl vows to keep counting until Kathy comes out of the barn. These children need to believe too, of course, but they're much more raw than Kathy; they strip ideas down to the basics. Kathy believes blindly. It's a touching character, the centerpiece of the film, and I was enchanted by Hayley Mills' open face and yearning smile. The other youngsters are also remarkable. If the film doesn't offer us fanciful answers, it does provide playful bits of visual humor. Even the rhythm of the kids' words is comical (and the way they relate to one another seems very natural). The film gives away nothing without an eternal struggle, and at the end there is no clear answer. I believe the next day would become routine for the children, they would go back to their basics. But Kathy has changed, and the convict has as well. Their lives intersected for a moment, and, though others became involved, they both learned something from the other about the need to believe. ***1/2 from ****


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